UWM Music Ensembles Orchestras

Auditions & Membership

Symphony OrchestraSymphony Band, and Wind Ensemble are open to all UWM students. Audition requirements include a three minute standard solo of your choice. For music majors and minors, additional band and orchestral excerpts and sight-reading may be required.

Please complete the audition sign-up form by August 29. If possible, reserve the earliest available time and avoid leaving large gaps.

Audition Schedule | Sep. 5–7, 2023

InstrumentDate & TimeLocation
BassoonTuesday, September 5
10:40–11:10 a.m.
Zelazo, 280
CelloThursday, September 7
1–2:20 p.m.
Bader Hall
ClarinetTuesday, September 5
9–10:30 a.m.
Zelazo, 280
Double BassThursday, September 7
3:50–4:30 p.m.
Bader Hall
EuphoniumTuesday, September 5
1–1:20 p.m.
Zelazo, 280
FluteThursday, September 7
9–11 a.m.
Zelazo, 280
HornWednesday, September 6
9:30–10:30 a.m.
Zelazo, 280
OboeWednesday, September 6
2:10–2:50 p.m.
Zelazo, 280
PercussionWednesday, September 6
3–5 p.m.
Zelazo, 280
SaxophoneTuesday, September 5
1:30–4 p.m.
Zelazo, 280
TromboneWednesday,September 6
1–2 p.m.
Zelazo, 280
TrumpetWednesday,September 6
10:40–11:40 a.m.
Zelazo, 280
TubaWednesday,September 6
12–12:40 p.m.
Zelazo, 280
ViolinTuesday, September 5
1–2:30 p.m.
Bader Hall
ViolaTuesday,September 5
2:30–3:40 p.m.
Bader Hall

Audition Excerpts

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for my audition?
  • It’s important to choose a solo that best represents your playing ability.
  • Contact your studio teacher for help with excerpts and audition support.
  • It’s strongly encouraged that you find recordings of the excerpts, and double check tempos, meter, interpretation, etc.
What music should I prepare for the audition?
  • String music majors and minors are required to perform a 3-minute solo of their choice and ALL the provided excerpts for your instruments. There will also be a sight-reading session.
  • Woodwind and brass music majors and minors are required to perform a 3- minute solo of their choice and at least two of the provided excerpts for your instruments. Those interested in assignments with Symphony Orchestra and/or Wind Ensemble must prepare and perform ALL the provided excerpts for your instruments.
  • Percussionists only need to prepare the listed orchestral excerpts and do not need to prepare a solo. All six excerpts should be prepared for full consideration for Wind Ensemble & Symphony Orchestra. A minimum of three excerpts need to be prepared with at least one being a snare and one a keyboard.
Who is required to sign-up for auditions?
  • Undergraduate and graduate music majors and minors must complete an audition.
  • Woodwind, brass and percussion Graduate Teaching Assistants or Project/Program Assistants may be asked, with consultation between ensemble directors and studio teachers, to participate in more than one ensemble.
  • Performance majors are encouraged to participate in more than one ensemble to gain more playing opportunities and experiences.
  • Students enrolled in studio lessons with performance faculty must complete an audition and register for an ensemble each semester during which they take lessons.
  • Flute students who wish to be considered for piccolo assignments may bring an additional excerpt/etude of their choice to the audition.
  • Non-major Woodwind, Brass and Percussion students who wish to audition to be a Music Minor or be considered for Symphony Band should contact Dr. Scott Corley (scorley@uwm.edu) for audition information. Non-majors should NOT use the Audition Sign-Up Form.
When are audition results posted?

Ensemble assignments will be posted throughout the Zelazo Center sometime after the first week of September.

Do I have to audition each semester?

No. The fall auditions determine your ensemble assignment(s) for the entire academic year. Ensemble and course meeting times will be the same during the spring semester.

What days and times do ensembles meet?

Please check the UWM Course Catalog for up-to-date course information. The following course numbers are available for ensembles:

  • Symphony Orchestra (MUS 182/382/782): Tue/Thur 1:30–3:45 p.m.
    • Friday Final Dress rehearsals, 1:30–3:45 p.m. are held on concert days for all.
    • String Sectionals on Fridays from 1:30–2:30 p.m. (First rehearsal on Tuesday, September 12, 1:30 p.m. Folders will be available on Monday, September 11.
  • Symphony Band (MUS 40/340/740): Mon/Wed/Fri, 4–5:15 p.m.
    • First rehearsal Monday, September 11 at 4 p.m. Folders will be available on Monday, September 11 by 9 a.m.
  • Wind Ensemble (MUS 42/342/789): Mon/Wed/Fri, 1:30–3:45 p.m.
    • First meeting/reading session on Monday, September 11 at 1:30 p.m. Folders will be available at the first class meeting.
Where do rehearsals take place?

Rehearsal for all large ensembles are held in the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, Room 280.

Important Dates

Entrance Audition
For Music BA, BFA and Masters programs in Spring and Fall 2024.

December 1, 2023
February 9, 2024
February 19, 2024
March 8, 2024
April 5, 2024


Undergraduate Programs
Kay Speidel, music-admission@uwm.edu

Graduate Programs
Tim Noonan, tpnoonan@uwm.edu

General Info & Questions
Contact Form | 414-229-4763